Deep pelagic

About the lab

The Choy Lab is located in the Integrative Oceanography Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Research in our lab traces the flow of organic matter through marine ecosystems, focusing on the trophic connectivity of species and assemblages in deep pelagic waters. Our lab applies multi-disciplinary tools to investigate governing trophic processes and how they may shift with global environmental change and commercial fishing pressure.

We employ a targeted combination of empirical diet work and a diverse suite of biochemical tracers (stable isotopes, trace metals and contaminants, fatty acids), alongside ecosystem modeling and in-situ ecological observation with remotely operated vehicles.